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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

1 hour 30 min ago

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.

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From Early Failures To New 'Trainwreck,' Judd Apatow Gets Serious

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 5:08pm

It's an understatement to call the man busy. With a new book out, a movie due soon and another wrapping up on set, Apatow caught a breath and reflected on stumbling blocks, Freaks and Amy Schumer.

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From Blueprints To Betrayal: The Daring, And Downfall, Of A Cold War Spy

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 4:12pm

Initially, the CIA was suspicious of Soviet aviation expert Adolf Tolkachev. But he earned their trust — and provided blueprints, documents and plans that were crucial to the U.S.

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What's A Pirate's Least-Favorite Puzzle? One That Hates Arrrrs

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 7:03am

In each pair of clues, the answer to the first clue is a word that contains the consecutive letters A-R. Drop the A-R, and the remaining letters in order will form a word that answers the second clue.

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Alan Rickman Returns To Directing With 'A Little Chaos'

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

Alan Rickman has had a rich career as an actor. For the first time in nearly two decades, Rickman is behind the camera for the movie A Little Chaos.

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What To Do With Weird Farmers Market Vegetables

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

The farmer's market in July is a wondrous thing: juicy tomatoes, jewel-toned eggplants, sweet yellow corn. But then, you see greens that look like weeds, and suddenly, you feel intimidated.

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Do Try This At Home: Three Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:54am

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.

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Baldwin And Bridges: Two Artists, Two Debuts, One Fire

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 6:03am

Reviewer Juan Vidal has had the debut album by Texas soul crooner Leon Bridges on heavy rotation, and it's making him think of parallels with James Baldwin's first novel, Go Tell it On The Mountain.

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In 'Playing Scared' Pianist Grows Less Frightened Of Stage Fright

Sun, 07/05/2015 - 4:10am

Performance anxiety kept journalist Sara Solovitch away from the piano for several decades. Then one day she decided to search for the key to putting her back in tune with her performance side.

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If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 4:04pm

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.

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An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 8:40am

Carolina de Robertis' new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.

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A Little Chiltomate Raises The Underappreciated Turkey Thigh

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Elizabeth Wiley, chef-owner of two top Dayton, Ohio, restaurants, goes off-menu to cook beer-braised turkey thighs in her home kitchen.

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Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:52am

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.

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'Shadowshaper' Paints A Vibrant Picture

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 6:03am

Daniel José Older's new young adult novel follows a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her family has a dangerous magical heritage. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's full of music, flavor and color.

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On Its 40th Anniversary, Remembering The Terror Of 'Jaws'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:28pm

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the movie, Jaws, the original summer blockbuster.

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Investigating The Drug Trade In 'Cartel Land'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 3:17pm

A new documentary tells a riveting story of the way power and violence intersect along the Arizona border and in embattled Michoacan, Mexico.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour No. 250: 'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Catastrophe'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 7:03am

For our 250th episode, the gang digs into a movie and a TV show, each geared toward grown people in different ways. And, as always, we close with what's making us happy this week.

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New Nation, New Cuisine: The First Cookbook To Tackle 'American Food'

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:03am

The first American cookbook, published in 1796, promised local food and a kind of socioculinary equality.

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Peruvian Sisters Can Turn A Gourd Into An $800 Objet D'art

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 6:03am

They can spend up to two months on a single gourd, creating scenes that tell a story. Think of it as a graphic gourd novel.

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Beyond A Voice And A Sad Story, 'Amy' Listens To A Life

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 4:03pm

A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.

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